O Holy Night Passion Chords
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As we continue our journey through all of the songs in this series, I would like to take some time to talk about something that is not technically a song but has become very popular over the past few years: the passion chord.
I will give you a brief introduction as to what the term “passion chord” means, before moving onto some alternatives. Then, I will discuss how to play your first one!
What is the passion chord?
The passion chord is simply the third major scale degree (or pitch) of the music you are playing. In other words, if you are reading from the treble clef, the third note is the passion chord.
If you were reading the bass line of a piece, then its second measure would be the passion chord. The reason it is called such comes down to context.
When used in singing, the passion chord can convey strong emotion. For example, when Beyoncé sings her famous solo at the end of Destiny’s Child’s 2003 hit single “Independent Girl,” she uses the A-flat major chord, which sounds powerful and intense. This is because that tone represents strength and confidence.
Famous Popular Chords
A popular way to learn how to play some chords is by learning a chord sequence or pattern that can be used for many different songs. These sequences are usually known as “fame-chord patterns” because they are often taught and learned through music education courses, via YouTube videos, or through instructor classes at major music schools or studios.
There are several famous fame-chord patterns that have become very well-known structures in themselves. Some of these include:
The open position first bar of G Major (the song More)
The second position of Am Minor Pentangle (the song You Make Me Want To Do Things)
The third position of F Sharp minor pentagram (the song Angel from Montgomery)
The fourth position of Dmaj 9th (the song Closer)
And lastly, the fifth position of Bb7 (the song What Makes You Say That?)
These five chords make up what is called the Classical Guitar Technique, which is one of the most common guitar techniques out there. The term classical comes from the fact that this technique was mostly made use of during the golden era of guitarist performance. Since then though, it has been adapted and mixed with other styles and genres!
Luckily, you do not need to know these exact positions to play any of these chords! This article will go into detail about how to play each of these chords using their relative beginner position versions instead.
Less Famous Popular Chords
There are actually very few well-known popular guitar chords that start with the letter G. Some of these songs use a famous chord pattern we call the Christmas Chord, but they are not necessarily about winter or christmas per se.
The first note in the song “O Come All Ye Faithful” is really the fifth degree of the major scale (G). This makes it easy to recognize since you just have to go up a step from there!
This riff is called an arpeggio and can be used as a starting point for many other songs. Technically speaking, this does not count as a new chord, but it gives you a good jumping off point for creating one.
For our purposes, though, let’s consider it a new chord! That’s why I gave you the name O Holy Night.